Rain on the Brain

It keeps raining here in Houston and should continue into the weekend. With all this rain, I had to search our general collection at the Woodson for notable books and pamphlets about it.

Title page

title page

Starting with the oldest is The Shepherd of Banbury’s Rules by John Claridge written in 1748. This coverless second edition has some great rules for weather prediction, such as, “If mists rise in the hilltops, rain in a day or two,” and “If two such clouds arise, one on either Hand, it is Time to make haste to shelter.” The book also has a wonderful, long title.

table of contents

table of contents of Meteorological Observation and Essays

Next, there is Meteorological Observations and Essays by John Dalton published in 1793. Our copy has been rebound and the pages are brittle. Perhaps the book’s damage can be chalked up to the fact that it was checked out in 1933, 1967, 1974. Though, it is unclear whether Dalton’s work went home with someone or was just used within the library.

Along with the check out slip, at the back of the book was a punch card. Rice History Corner has a great image of a library employee making punch cards like the one below.


Written in 1910, Houston District: The Rain Belt of the Texas Coast includes heaps of information about farming in the area, as well as beautiful images of people at work or posing in front of crops. While the exact author of the pamphlet is unknown, the Houston Chamber of Commerce prepared it for the Chicago Land Show.



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